SR Pick: One-Billionth Size Scale USS Enterprise Model

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 21st, 2010 at 1:33 pm,

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Back in 2003, Takayuki Hoshino and Shinji Matsui of the Himeji Institute of Technology in Japan created a one-of-a-kind scale model of the Star Trek Starship Enterprise NCC-1701D.

What made the model so unique? It was made of phenanthrene gas and it was exactly 8.8 microns long.

For a sense of scale, one micron is 1,000th of a millimeter. For an even better sense of scale, consider that a human red blood cell is also approximately 8 microns. In other words, that is one damn tiny spaceship. Check it out below.

nanoscale model enterprise SR Pick: One Billionth Size Scale USS Enterprise Model

As a former employee of the Lego Store, I know a thing or two about building nerdy scale models. I must say, however, that my Batmobile and X-Wing Fighter pale in comparison to this magnificent creation. I mean, I’m still having a hard time wrapping my head around something that tiny.

Of course, I’m sure some of you out there are asking yourself, “Why would someone make a model so small in the first place?” Luckily, there’s a simple explanation: competition. Takayuki Hoshino and Shinji Matsui created the micro-Enterprise as an entry in the “The 47th International Conference on Electron, Ion and Photon Beam Technology and Nanofabrication Bizarre/Beautiful Micrograph Contest.” Their creation won the award for “Best Ion Micrograph.”

While it’s fair to argue the merits of creating a super tiny model of the USS Enterprise (I’m sure the amount of research dollars that went into this “experiment” was staggering), I think that as an example of our advancements in the field of nanotechnology, this is actually pretty interesting.

What do you think? Is this cool or just a waste of scientific resources?

Source: Zyvex Labs via The Zeray Gazette

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  1. My goodness! That conference name sounds like something Geordi Laforge came up with. LOL!

    Very interesting stuff indeed. Next thing they will work on is a micro-chip with learning capabilities and an exo-skeleton made of nanofibers that can change into anything of equal size. Oh, wait….. :-)

  2. Some people just have too much time on their hands.

  3. No mention of the other smaller particles laying around the ship and the fact that it has a stinkin' shadow! lol That's an awesome find Rob. Thanks for sharing it.

  4. “The Immunity Syndrome” meets Fantastic Voyage! “These are the voyages of the Starship Proteus…”

  5. LOL use it to fight cancer using phazers and photon torpedoes

  6. That's another Enterprise William Shatner won't be appearing on.

    Really cool.

  7. “The Immunity Syndrome” meets Fantastic Voyage! “These are the voyages of the Starship Proteus…”

  8. LOL use it to fight cancer using phazers and photon torpedoes

  9. That's another Enterprise William Shatner won't be appearing on.

    Really cool.

  10. Of course it was 1st place for “Best Ion Micrograph.” Everyone in that competition can speak klingon. Nerds….